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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2010
Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 112489)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Immediately quite masculine on the nose: herbs, earth and brooding dark spices rather than a flower basket. The palate is at once intensely concentrated but with searing transparency. The herbs dance through the raspberry and cherry, with a host of complex detail shining through that encourages one to linger and explore. Regal and structured, but not intimidating, it sails into a long chocolate finish.
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About Felton Road:

Felton Road Wines Ltd, in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, has planted some of the world's southernmost vineyards. The expression, "growing on the edge," has real meaning in Central Otago, with the lowest rainfall and lowest temperatures of any agricultural region in New Zealand.

Central Otago is located on the southern end of New Zealand's South Island (latitude 45º south) and shares with Oregon (45º north) similar viticultural challenges: late frosts in Spring, early frost in Autumn, a growing season that may be curtailed overnight. Yet the climates of both are surprisingly similar to Burgundy's Côte d'Or: hot in summer, cold in winter. Central Otago is New Zealand's only wine region with a continental - rather than maritime - climate, which results in greater diurnal and seasonal shifts in temperature.